human rights ally

Okay, here’s the problem with the idea that oppressed groups can “alienate allies” by not being nice enough:

You shouldn’t be an ally because oppressed groups are nice to you. You should be an ally because you believe that they deserve basic human rights. Hearing “I hate men” shouldn’t make men stop being feminist. Hearing
“fuck white people” shouldn’t make white people stop opposing racism.

Your opposition to oppression should be moral, and immovable. Your belief that all humans should be treated with equal respect shouldn’t be conditional based on whether or not individual people are nice to you. 

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Reasons Why Gay Marriage Is WRONG

1. It’s not natural. if you’re a true american you must reject everything unnatural like glasses, polyester and even air conditioning.

2. it’ll encourage other people to be gay, because when I hang out with black people my skin turns black.

3. It would open the door to anyone and anything getting married, like if you wanted to you could get married to your dog bc it has the same rights as humans and can even sign a binding contract.

4. We haven’t changed traditionally marriage before so why start now? Women are still property, blacks and whites can’t get married and divorce is still illegal.

5. Straight marriage would become less meaningful. bc the sanctity of Kim Kardashian’s 72 hour marriage with Kris Humphries would lose it’s validity.

6. The reason of marriage is to have children. Old marriages and infertile marriages - they don’t need to happen bc they can’t have kids

7. Gay couples would raise gay children. Straight parents only raise straight children.

8. Gay Marriage isn’t supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours we impose one religion on everyone else so we can have the same views. That’s why we only have one religion in America.

9. Children will only succeed if they have a male and female figure at home. That’s the reason why we ban single parent homes.

10. It would change the foundation of society. We can’t adapt new social norms like cars, the economy, longer life spans. Why would we want to change and evolve?

Your job as an ally is to step aside and give the mic to a member of an oppressed community, because they have first hand experience with the oppression they face.

Your job is not to run across stage with sparklers screaming shit like “not all [privileged group]” “I don’t see color” “we’re all just human” and “all lives matter.”

You are helping no one and you don’t get a gold star for taking up our stage.

Any predictions about where the women’s movement will go from here would be both premature and probably incorrect (I was, after all, the seer who predicted a McGovern sweep in 1972). But where we have been has taught us a number of lessons. That complacency is the enemy. That major social changes doesn’t just happen. And finally that the responsibility and impetus for better the lives of women is in the hands of women, with all the help they can get … from all the friends and allies they can find.
—  Roberta Benjamin, A personal history of the Boston women’s movement (1977)